Police Officer Donald Bishop Town of Brookfield Police Department, Wisconsin End of Watch: Friday, April 12, 2013

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Police Officer Donald Bishop

Town of Brookfield Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Friday, April 12, 2013

Biographical Info

Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: April 12, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief Chris Perket
Town of Brookfield Police Department
645 North Janacek Road
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: (262) 796-3798

Police Officer Don Bishop suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a burglary call at approximately 11:00 pm.
He suffered the heart attack while driving near the intersection of Jaclyn and Sierra Drives. His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree. Other responding officers immediately pulled him from the vehicle and began CPR. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Officer Bishop had served with the Town of Brookfield Police Department for two years and also served as a part-time officer with the Village of Eagle Police Department. He had previously served as a reserve officer with the Mukwonago Police Department.

Local public safety departments have lost "a brother" in Donald E. Bishop, the 32-year-old town of Brookfield police officer who died on duty late Friday. Bishop, who was responding to a burglary call, suffered an apparent heart attack, causing him to drive off a road and crash his vehicle.

Bishop was on duty with the Town of Brookfield Police Department at the time, but he was also a part-time officer with the village of Eagle, a reserve officer with the Mukwonago Police Department and a 10-year member of the North Prairie Fire Department.

"He was hired in 2010 and stayed on as a reserve officer after town of Brookfield hired him as a full-time officer (in 2011)," Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt said. "Normally when a reserve becomes a full-time officer, they resign. But because he loved Mukwonago, he asked if he could remain as a reserve.

"His death has shocked us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He talked about his parents and the love of his life, Tiffany, all of the time. He will be truly missed as a co-worker, a radio technician and most importantly, as a friend."

Chief Brian Taylor of the North Prairie Fire Department echoed the sentiments of friendship, saying that receiving the shocking news was one of the rare times he will admit he has broken down and cried.

"Don was a great guy and gave more of himself than most people I’ve met," Taylor said.

He had spent time with Bishop on Tuesday.

"He told me he was about to close on a house near mine," Taylor said. "He was so excited to move. He was finally getting everything he had been working so hard for."

Chief Russell Ehlers of the Eagle Police Department said Bishop, who began his career with the department in December, 2011, had a big impact on the community.

"His selfless nature, dedication to the service of our community and his civic-mindedness will forever remain an example to all who serve in this profession," Ehlers said in a prepared statement. "Don’s ability to perform his duties as an officer were paled only by his desire to improve nearly everything he touched at this agency."

Ehlers cited Bishop’s assistance in improving the computer and phone systems, outfitting new squad cars and weekly technical maintenance as some of the improvements he helped the Village of Eagle Police Department make.

"Seldom can any agency brag of this caliber of officer gracing their squad room, and we were so blessed to know him as our officer, our friend and our brother in blue. He will be dreadfully missed, and so joyously remembered by all of us at the Eagle Police Department," Ehlers concluded.

Each agency described Bishop as an "expert" with radio technology and communication tools.

"He was an odd duck with that radio stuff," Taylor said. "But he had been working with ham radios since he was little, and boy did he know his stuff. He did all of the radios for our department."

This passion and knowledge was on display in his early work as a dispatcher with the Waukesha County Communication Center and the City of Oconomowoc Communication Center.

Bishop received training in law enforcement, firefighting and as an emergency medical technician from Waukesha County Technical College.

During a media conference Saturday afternoon, Town of Brookfield Police Chief Chris Perket summed it up for everyone when, through tears, he read from a prepared statement, saying, "It was an honor to work with Don here at the town of Brookfield. Residents of every municipality where he worked were fortunate to have him serve."

A public visitation for Bishop will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Parish at Highways 83 and D in Genesee Depot. His funeral is planned for noon Thursday, followed by a law-enforcement procession from St. Paul’s Parish to St. Joseph Cemetery, S22 W22890 Broadway, Waukesha.

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